On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I feel like I should talk about it a little a little bit. I realize that all the media will be on this story today and all that media will have better words than me—but I have to try and serious up here today. I mean, I can’t write another post about my ashtray rountine.
I remember where I was then the planes hit The World Trade Center in New York. I was working at CityBeat. Busy as hell as it was deadline day, I was half listening to NPR when they broke in with the story. Trying to stay focused on my work, I didn’t fully realize what was happening. As the story continued to unfold, I stopped working. I had to know what was going on.
After a while, I went outside to smoke a cigarette. A friend from CityBeat was also outside trying to reach a friend on his cell phone. That friend lived in New York City. All I can remember is he didn’t get through.
Throughout the day, we continued to follow the news on our computers and the radio. None of us were talking much. We had a deadline to meet, we had to get the paper out, but those other events outside of our pressing deadline were on our minds. It was a hard day to get through.
That night, I watched it all on television, watched those planes crash into The World Trade Center. I talked about it with my son. None of it seemed real.
At the time, many said that our world would never be the same. That’s true. Because of that attack, 10 years later, we’re involved with two wars—actually more than two but let’s not get into that right now. Let’s just say that thousands of people lost their lives on that horrible day and thousands more since. It’s true. War is good for nothing.
As a nation, after the attack, we came together for a while, but President Bush wanted us to go shopping, so we did. He didn’t want 9/11 to change anything and for some it didn’t. For many, it returned to business as usual. While that’s sad, I think sometimes we as a country don’t want to remember very much. I don’t know how to change that.
As for me, I won’t be watching television today, won’t be reliving ten years ago, and I certainly won’t be shopping.. I remember that day all too well. I’ll never try to forget it.
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